Southampton Hospital School is an independent day school serving the Tier 4 adolescent in-patient CAMHS ward at Priory Hospital Southampton. All young people admitted to the adolescent ward are automatically admitted to our school.
Our CAMHS ward is registered for 12 students, aged 12-18 years. Our young people are admitted from a number of counties in the South of England, as well as farther afield. As a result, we liaise with a large number of local authorities and community professionals on a daily basis.
We support young people with a range of disorders including:
- Suicidal ideation
- Drug-induced psychosis
- Personality disorders
- Attachment disorder
- Serious deliberate self-harm
Admissions are a mixture of planned, acute crisis and transfer from other hospitals. Most of our young people are ‘informal’ but some are under section when they arrive and others undertake a mental health act assessment during their stay.
We offer 25 hours of education each week on the ward and during the day, young people also attend a range of medical and therapeutic interventions.
Our aim is ‘Return to Learn’
Our young people require a programme that allows them to return to positive and effective learning in a supportive and nurturing environment. Each young person has a personalised timetable for therapeutic, medical and school sessions. This is reviewed frequently, based on each young person’s specific needs. As a young person moves closer to discharge, it is typical for them to engage more fully in learning sessions and begin attending their home-school on day or extended leave. Each young person is allocated a key tutor who will liaise with the schools/colleges to organise re-integration plans, and they are invited to attend Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings throughout the young person’s admission, in order to facilitate better outcomes.
Where young people need to find an alternative school/college, the deputy head teacher supports both them and their parents/carers through the process, including statutory appeal.